Practice safety during solar eclipse
The Great American Solar Eclipse will occur on Monday, Aug. 21, and safety is a factor that should not be forgotten.According to NASA's eclipse website, the eclipse will begin around 9 a.m., with the first point of contact being Lincoln Beach, Oregon. Lincoln Beach will also be the first point in the "line of totality" for the eclipse.The eclipse is expected to end near Charleston, S.C. around 2:45 p.m.The line of totality refers to the "line" across the country where a full solar eclipse will be visible. This is the only area where a person can look directly at the sun when the eclipse reaches its peak.This time will allow scientists to study the sun's corona, the outermost layer of the sun's atmosphere, according to NASA's website.The Wiregrass will not be in the line of totality. About 87 percent of the sun will be covered in this area, so viewers will not be able to look directly at the sun at any point without using special glasses or viewing equipment.The highest point of the solar eclipse in the Wiregrass area will be seen around 1:30 p.m.The eclipse can be viewed through glasses that are made with "special-purpose solar filters," according to NASA's website. These glasses are approved by NASA, making them safe to wear during the solar eclipse.The Daleville Public Library is one local organization that will provide this special eyewear during its Viewing Party on Aug. 21. The eclipse will also be live streamed in case of weather. This is an all-day event.NASA provides safety tips for viewing the solar eclipse at https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/safety.• Before using solar-filtered glasses, check to make sure they aren't damaged. Follow any instructions that are packaged with the glasses.• Cover eyes with the solar-filtered glasses before looking at the sun. Do not remove the filter while looking at the sun.• Do not use cameras, telescopes, binoculars, dark sunglasses or other unfiltered devices to view the partial solar eclipse.• Do not look at the eclipse through these devices while wearing solar-filtered glasses. NASA's website states "the concentrated solar rays will damage the filter and enter your eye(s), causing serious injury."For more information about the solar eclipse on Aug. 21, visit NASA's website on the event at https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/.